TO: Executive Vice Presidents, Chancellors, Vice Presidents, Vice Chancellors, Vice Provosts, Deans, Directors and Heads of Schools, Divisions, Departments and Offices
FROM: Michael B. Cline, Vice President for Physical Facilities
DATE: July 18, 2014
RE: Active Learning Center activities, tree removals leading up to demolition
In the coming days, there will be an increase in construction traffic and a number of trees will be removed near the Engineering Administration Building (ENAD) and the Heating and Power Plant North (HPN) as crews prepare for the beginning of the building demolitions in August.
The Active Learning Center, which will be located on the current site of ENAD and HPN, is a $79M project that will include classroom space to support the IMPACT program, non-laboratory campus instruction and active learning in general, and it will bring together six campus libraries.
The following article will be published in Purdue Today on Monday (July 21). I can be reached at (765) 494-8000 with any questions, or Bob Olson, university engineer, also is available to answer questions at (765) 494-5693.
Active Learning Center activities, tree removals leading up to demolition
Activity near the future site of the Active Learning Center will continue to increase as the demolition of the Engineering Administration Building (ENAD) and the Heating and Power Plant North (HPN) approaches.
Construction traffic is expected to further increase along the previously published route, and some existing trees and landscaping located south of the Potter Engineering Center will be removed this week in order to facilitate both demolition and future construction of the Active Learning Center. A selection of trees in the area has already been relocated while others will be preserved in place, and, as always, the Grounds Department and campus landscape architects will ensure that more trees are planted on campus each year than are removed. The removal of the trees and associated reinvestment in campus tree planting will be managed in a manner consistent with the campus tree care plan and the University’s status as a Tree Campus USA.
A study is currently underway to determine how best to redevelop the area in a way that will complement the new surroundings and programs at adjacent facilities once the construction of the Active Learning Center is complete.
Building demolition is anticipated to begin in August. Prior to demolition, additional fencing and site preparation activities will take place in the area.
When possible, the campus community is urged to avoid the area near the Active Learning Center site and associated construction traffic routes. If individuals must travel through the area, they should do so with the utmost caution. Visit the Physical Facilities Construction Notices and Maps webpage for updates throughout the project.